Richard Pybus has made a return on Thursday to the West Indies set-up as he has been named as High-Performance Director for Windies for the next two years by Cricket West Indies (CWI).
Previously, Pybus worked with Windies Cricket from October 2013 to December 2016, but left his role of director of cricket in 2016 as he did not seek a contract renewal after a three-year term with West Indies. On his comeback, he will work alongside the chairman of selectors and all the technical coaches across all levels of the game in a bid to improve the high-performance programmes and standards within franchise cricket.
The 53-year-old, who worked as South African coach for many years, began his professional coaching career at Selborne College in East London, South Africa. Pybus is the most successful South African franchise coach of all time, having won nine championships across all formats.
According to a report in ANI, the CWI said, “His role will also include, but not limited to standardizing coaching and preparation for regional teams and overseeing a talent identification programme from the Under-19 level all the way to the WINDIES International level.”
Meanwhile, the England-born coach said he is excited to rejoin the West Indies cricket in a newly-created role.
He further said, “I am delighted to be re-joining Cricket West Indies in this newly-created role. I am looking forward to working with Jimmy Adams and the rest of the cricket department to improve standards within a system that I know well. My focus will be on developing our high-performance programmes and helping to identify and coach the most talented cricketers in the Caribbean.”
Besides coaching Pakistan and Bangladesh, Pybus coached extensively in South Africa for Border, Titans and Cape Cobras, as well as Middlesex in England, at domestic cricket level. He was also awarded the South African Cricket Coach of the year in 2008–09 and 2010–11 by Cricket South Africa.